Elaine Taylor

5:30 News Co-host / Reporter

After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Elaine developed a love of radio while working long hours in remote parts of Utah as an archaeological field technician. She eventually started interning for the radio show Science Questions, which she is now a producer of, and fell completely in love with the medium. Elaine is currently taking classes at Utah State University in preparation for medical school applications. In addition to her work for SQ radio, Elaine is a host of UPR’s All Things Considered and a science writer for the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. Elaine hopes to bring her experiences living abroad in Turkey and Austria into her work.

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Utah Weather
4:16 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Snowy Weather puts Logan’s Green Waste Collection into Winter-Long Hibernation

Many Northern Utah residents woke up to a blanket of white on the ground Friday morning—a signal the seasons may finally be changing. Another greener indication that winter is upon the state is changing green waste collection schedules.

In Logan, the city will soon be asking residents to put their green waste bins into hibernation until March.

Logan’s green waste program started in 1994 and expanded to include roadside service in 2000. Conservation Coordinator Emily Malik said the city collects thousands of pounds of waste each year.

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Utah News
6:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

County Attorney Responds to Allegations in Canal Conflict

Cache County’s own water war continues to cause heated debate in the valley over two years after the original complaint was filed by a group of Utah citizens.

The most recent dispute that has gained attention was sparked by the filing of a countersuit by Cache County itself, against citizen plaintiffs including members of the Utah Foundation for Land and Open Water, also known as Utah FLOW.

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Utah News
6:23 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

No Utah Cases Confirmed of Dangerous New Drug

No cases of krokodil have been confirmed by the DEA in Utah.
Credit U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Rumors that the drug krokodil has made its way to the U.S. have been circulating for weeks. Unconfirmed cases have popped up in the Southwest, including in one hospital in Murray.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Albert Villasuso said no reports have been confirmed in Utah yet, but the administration is working hard to identify the dangerous drug.

"Unless we have conformation from one, the user and two, the actual substance that they injected, there’s really no way for us to confirm it,” Villasuso said.

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Utah News
6:28 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Museum Director Dismissed After 32 Years, Uintah County Cites Budget

A display of objects at the Western Heritage Museum in Vernal.
Credit Uintah County Western Heritage Museum

After 32 years working for Uintah County, Western Heritage Museum director Evan Baker has been dismissed from his position. Baker has served as director of the museum for the last eight years, and said he unexpectedly received a letter telling him his position had been eliminated under county budget changes.

“This is my last day. I’m through at 5 [p.m.]…Personally, I’m upset. It totally blindsided me,” Baker said.

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Climate Change
6:05 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Salt Lake City Mayor Named to New Task Force on Climate Change

Mayor Ralph Becker was named to the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has been named to a new task force that will advise President Obama’s administration on how to respond to the impacts of climate change.

Becker, along with other state and tribal leaders from around the country, was selected by President Obama to be part of the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience on Friday.

Becker’s Deputy Director of Communications, Art Raymond, explained the group’s role.

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Utah News
6:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Strong Winds Uproot Trees, Damage Building at Southern Utah University

A tree fell onto South Hall during a wind storm on Southern Utah University campus Monday.
Credit Southern Utah University

Weather around the state was blustery Monday. Winds at the airport in Bryce Canyon measured above 40 miles per hour for much of the day and gusts in Logan reached 49 miles per hour late in the afternoon.

However, none of these winds compared to those in Cedar City, which experienced gusts in the 60s and 70s according to the National Weather Service.

Nine trees on the Southern Utah University campus were uprooted. The largest of those, a 60 to 70 foot pine, came to rest on South Hall. Amy McIff, a spokesperson for the university, said damage was minor.

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Utah Education
6:24 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

International Study Shows Utah Students Competetive in STEM Subjects

Utah was one of 47 states to score above the international average in science.
Credit National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics has released a new study synthesizing test scores from across the globe. The study looked at how eighth graders from the United States and 38 other countries scored in math and science.

Researchers compared U.S. scores on the NAEP test with international scores on the TIMSS test. U.S. states and foreign countries were then rated on a scale of 0 to 1000, with 500 being the international average.

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Utah News
6:09 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Baby dinosaur discovered by a high school student has lots to teach researchers

Left half of skull of Parasaurolophus.
Credit Andrew A. Farke, Derek J. Chok, Annisa Herrero, Bradon Scolieri, Sarah Werning

Four years after his somewhat miraculous discovery, “Joe” the dinosaur is making his public debut.

Joe, a young Parasaurolophus—or duckbilled dinosaur—was discovered by a high school student visiting Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on a school trip led by paleontologist Andy Farke.

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Utah News
6:09 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Citizens claim Cache County’s countersuit in canal case is illegal

File photo: Crews work to reconfigure the Logan and Northern Canal at 600 E. 800 North in Logan.
Credit Cache Water Restoration Project

The lawsuit surrounding changes made to canals in Cache County following a 2009 mudslide that killed three people continues to wind its way through court.

A group of citizens, who sued the county over what they claim to be illegal action to bury canals, recently filed a motion to dismiss the county’s counterclaim.

The county filed a 76 million dollar counterclaim suing the citizens for defamation and libel, a charge Tony Wegener of the group Utah Foundation for Land and Open Water—known as Utah FLOW—said is illegal.

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Utah News
5:52 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

EPA regulations prompt closure of Utah power plant

Mercury emission limits prompted the closure of Carbon Power Plant near Helper, Utah.
Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards proposed in 2011 by the Environmental Protection Agency are slated to take effect soon—prompting the early closure of a Utah Power Plant. The Carbon Power Plant near Helper, Utah will close five years ahead of schedule in April of 2015.

Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen said the company determined that changes to make the 60-year-old plant compliant with the new standards would not be possible.

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